Ahmad Elawady (Finalist)

A medical school graduate who teaches at Al-Azhar University, Ahmad founded I'm the Minister to empower young activists with the policy analysis tools to pursue their ideas for change without putting lives at risk. Participants begin by attending a two-month workshop during which they identify the issue(s) they seek to address, conduct rigorous research, and develop a policy brief based on their goals and target audience. Next, they learn to advocate for their policies during public debates. Outstanding participants are offered an opportunity to attend international forums with like-minded youth. Lastly, the youth approach their local communities to form advocacy groups to promote their causes.

Website: www.hybeg.org